Campus Safety Over the Past Term Paper

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It is inevitable that behaviors of students inside a college classroom in a way depend on their race or ethnicity, which does not make it very neutral place of learning and social interaction. Studies have shown non-native speaking students struggle depression because they are in a different country and away from family. Scholars argue whether this is the implication of the alienation to students who form the mainstream population or just one of the effects of being drenched in a multicultural society. Additionally, Studies show non-native speaking students are more pessimistic than any other students and are more likely to anticipate possible problems in their ventures. This insinuates that they are more inclined towards avoidance of future maladies, and thus they always tend to play their affairs safe. Non-native students are also more prone to health problems as aftereffects of their depression and pessimism, not to mention persistent recurrences of inferiority complex, which may interfere with their academic achievement and in this case, they would benefit from a depression screening when they are go for medical treatment on campus. Due to the fact students who come from an ethnic background are more at risk for depression, colleges and legal regulations should balance privacy and safety in order to prevent future massacres on campus because there was too much protection of privacy, which may have contributed to the Virginia Tech incident.

On the other hand, when the two females complained that the shooter was stalking them, the school administration did not act because the privacy law protects students autonomy rather than making them get mental health counseling (Gammage and Burling. 2007). The law should not be so protective of those who have warning signs such as twisted poetry, or even written out deep seeded issues in their written assignments and complaints against them from other students that feel they need protection against someone who poses as a threat. It seems that the laws were to blame for the shootings. Since the shootings, Virginia Tech has had many discussions about having a watched list of students who may be at risk for unlawful behavior. Colleges and legal regulations should balance privacy and safety in order to prevent future incidents on campus because the laws protects too much privacy.

One of the most unforgettable school shootings took place at Virginia Tech because a non-native speaking student may have been suffering from depression. This incident raised questions if there is too much protection for privacy rights among college students on the Virginia Tech campus or if the privacy laws prevented school administration from investigating into the shooter's personal life. Virginia Tech could have taken the matter more seriously since that federal law of 1974 permits public safety over privacy. Along with that, the shooter was from a non-native speaking student, which meant he was more at risk to be depressed. There are colleges such as St. Lawerence University monitor the mental health of students and send them to counseling if they are depressed. Therefore, colleges and legal regulations should balance privacy and safety in order to prevent future massacres on campus because there was too much protection of privacy, which may have contributed to the Virginia Tech incident.

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Bibliography

Burling, J.G. (2007, April 19). Law Limits Scholl after alarms.

MASS SHOOTINGS at VIRGINIA TECH APRIL 16, 2007. (2007, August).

McMurrary, J. (2008, March 28). Colleges are Watching Troubled Students.

Slamlor, P.V. (2007, September 4). PERILOUS PRIVACY at VIRGINIA TECH.

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